Homeschooling for the birds

Great Backyard Bird Count–Friday, February 18, through Monday, February 21

Greetings from Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology,
Just a reminder that the Great Backyard Bird Count begins this Friday and
continues through Monday. We hope you’ll count birds at your favorite locations
on any or all of the count days and enter your tallies at
http://birdsource.org/GBBC. Please ask your friends to join is as well. As data pour in from around
the United States and Canada, you’ll be able to see how your sightings are
contributing to a continental picture showing where the birds this year, and
how this year’s picture compares with previous counts.

Assignment: All Common Room students will visit the above URL and put up our birdfeeders (including the suet ones that have been languishing in the summer kitchen for a year). This means you’ll have to take down the hanging basket of plastic poinsettias and the Christmas lights, since the poinsettias are hanging where one of the bird feeders belongs. We would not wish you to think, of course, that the real purpose of this assignment is getting you to clear out the Christmas decorations before St. Patrick’s day. That is the real purpose, of course. We just wish you wouldn’t catch on so quickly.

As we were saying: put up the birdfeeders and particpate in the backyard birdwatch as described in the above URL. You may report both here and to the website above.

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